1. They’ll get a world-recognised qualification
Did you know that the UK is home to two of the world's top three universities? Universities are held to strict standards by the UK government, so you know your child will get the best teaching, support and resources available when they study in the UK.
UK graduates are among the most employable in the world. The QS global survey of graduate employers consistently shows that UK degrees are highly valued worldwide, with UK universities topping the QS employer reputation ranking. Give your child the best chance to succeed in their chosen career by studying in the UK.
2. Studying in the UK offers great value for money
There are a wide variety of course types on offer in the UK. With some master’s degrees taking just one year of study, choosing the UK offers great value for money and a faster path to success.
With most fees lower than the USA and Australia, you’ll find studying in the UK provides access to world-class teaching and facilities at a lower price, and higher earning potential than some competing destinations.
Don’t forget, there are plenty of scholarships available, to give talented international students the best possible opportunity to study in the UK.
3. Student satisfaction is high
According to a survey by UUKI (Universities UK International), international students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination. Student satisfaction is very high among international undergraduate students in the UK, currently at 92 per cent, and this figure is increasing every year.
Russian student Alina Shilina, who is studying for an MSc in Computer Science at the University of York, spoke to us about embracing student life in the UK:
‘When I started my degree in York, I fell in love with the language and culture. Studying in another country has made me stronger and more independent. As an international student, you gain new perspectives all the time.’
4. Unbeatable access to world-class facilities
From the development of penicillin to the creation of the world’s first computer, UK universities have been home to world-leading research throughout history. This is no coincidence – great scientific minds need a forum to develop their ideas, and UK education encourages an innovative way of learning.
When they study in the UK, your child will have access to leading industry minds, with one-to-one teaching common at many universities. What makes UK education truly special is not only the world-class facilities, but the way students are given a forum to discuss, share and formulate ideas.
5. It’s the home of the English language
Studying and living in the UK offers international students an unrivalled opportunity to improve their English language skills. Research shows that having proficiency in English makes you more employable, and those who have mastered the English language can earn up to 67 per cent more than those who don’t speak English. As well as being the global language of business, it’s also the international language of science – new discoveries are most likely to be published in English. Where better for your child to learn English than the home of the English language, at some of the highest-ranking universities in the world?
6. It’s a welcoming and multi-cultural society
The UK has a long history of multiculturalism, and we’re proud to be a tolerant and welcoming society. In the UK, it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of their race, nationality or religion. There are plenty of places to practise your faith, and most universities have multi-faith chaplaincy services. With over 400,000 international students from more than 200 countries, whatever your background, you can fit in here.
We spoke to Malaysian student, Zheng Hong See, a second-year law undergraduate at the University of Manchester. He said:
‘The fact that Manchester is a truly multi-cultural city makes it easy to settle in. The diversity of culture in Manchester is similar to my home town of Penang, and Mancunians are very friendly people!’
7. They’ll feel at home in the UK
UK universities have dedicated staff on campus to help international students settle in and feel at home. Pastoral care is a range of special resources that give students any additional assistance they need outside the classroom. From giving international students a warm welcome on arrival, to giving them English language support throughout university, there will be friendly staff on hand to help your child settle in to life in the UK.
With plenty of opportunities to meet people on their courses, and through the wide variety of extra-curricular activities on offer, students can make friends quickly. The UK is one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates, a trustworthy police force and strict gun laws. We also have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, fully accessible to international students for just £300 per year, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your child is being well looked-after when they study in the UK.